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James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, tells CNBC that the Venezuelan economy will continue to struggle after the elections.
The Venezuelan government has announced it will conduct a formal inquiry into whether deceased president Hugo Chavez was "inoculated" with cancer. Risa Grais-Targow, Eurasia Group Latin America Analyst, provides perspective on how this might impact oil
At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.
Heliodoro Quintero, CEO of HQ Consultores, tells CNBC why it's impossible to know which path Venezuelan energy policy will follow until after elections have been held.
Aaron Freedman, Moody's, explains why the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not have an immediate impact on the country's sovereign rating.
The Venezuelan president died after losing a long battle with cancer, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with details on what his death means for oil supplies.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the 58-year old leader died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.
The prospect of snap elections in Venezuela - which may be triggered if President Hugo Chavez steps down due to his worsening health - may create volatility in global oil markets though any upward price impact is likely to only be short-term.
What does the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mean for crude oil prices? Traders weigh in.
The increased difficulty in finding basic consumer goods in Venezuela is raising concerns about the viability of Chávez's socialist economic policies.
Things are looking increasingly bleak for Hugo Chavez, which has oil companies, Western governments and all of Latin America asking the same question: What's next if he dies?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports medical treatment for cancer will prevent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from being sworn in for a new term at this time.
The implications of Hugo Chavez's illness are enormous, for Venezuela, for the world, and particularly for the U.S., which remains highly dependent on imports of Venezuelan crude.
Kathryn Rooney Vera, director of macroeconomic research at Bulltick Capital Markets, tells CNBC that Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez could be incapacitated due to an on-going battle with cancer.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- After four election wins, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on track to completing at least 20 years in power, and supporters such as street bookseller Cristina Tovar say they're glad to have him in charge.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- During his re-election campaign, President Hugo Chavez promised to deepen the "21st century socialism" that has meant an ever-greater state role in the economy. Chavez faces immediate economic time bombs beginning with a rapidly expanding public debt, one of Latin America's highest inflation rates and a weakening currency.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- President Hugo Chavez put to rest any doubts about his masterful political touch in winning a third consecutive six-year term after a bitterly fought race against a youthful rival who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition.